Written by Margaret Whitely Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00
New Hyde Park Village and the G & E Linder Post No. 8031 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars held its Annual Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 28.
The parade went from Hillside Boulevard, stopped at village hall for a brief ceremony and the reading of those young men who died and then turned on New Hyde Park Road to Lincoln Boulevard and the New Hyde Park Village Memorial Park.
Village Mayor Daniel Petruccio was the Master of Ceremonies and then delivered an inspiring speech in keeping with Memorial Day.
Mayor Petruccio said, “In a Memorial Day speech given on May 30, 1884, Supreme Court Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes addressed the question of why we need to commemorate our war dead in this way.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Each year, in the full tide of spring, at the height of the symphony of flowers and love and life, there comes a pause, and through the silence we hear the lonely pipe of death. Year after year the comrades of the dead follow, with public honor, procession and commemorative flags and funeral march, honor and grief from us who stand almost alone and have seen the best and noblest of our generation pass away.”
Holmes also said, “But grief is not the end of all. I seem to hear the funeral march become a joyful song of praise. I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers live for us and bid us think of life not death-of life to which their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope and will.”
After the speech by Mayor Petruccio, the wreath was placed, by Grand Marshal Dolan, there was a rifle salute, Taps and the singing of the National Anthem.